Good Morning Everyone,
This is a shot of the upper, most interesting parts of the Opera House, Buxton, which fitted nicely into the camera lens.
Buxton Opera House can be found in The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire, England. It is a 902-seat opera house and now, amongst other things, hosts the annual Buxton Festival.
It was built in 1903 being designed by Frank Matcham, one of Britain's finest theatre architects. He also designed two famous London theatres: the London Palladium (1910) and the London Coliseum (1904).
The Opera House ran as a successful theatre, receiving touring companies until 1927, when it was turned into a cinema.
Over the years, the Opera House gradually fell into disrepair and in 1976, it was closed. Rumours circulated that it would never reopen, however in 1979, it was restored and an orchestra pit was added to the original Frank Matcham design. Since then, the Opera House has been a full-time venue for stage productions, presenting approximately 450 performances per year, including opera, dance, musical theatre, pantomime, comedy, drama, children's shows and concerts.
The shot was taken during the only two hour rain break on our TE Get-together so it was important to get out and click the camera!
We have had some lovely weather since! Sod's Law!!
I hope you have a lovely day, Bev :-)
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Tigerlily (3379) 2014-06-09 2:36
A beautifully framed image. The blue sky and cloud enhanced the building. Wonderful light control, since the light contrast must be difficult to handle.. Well taken.
Have a lovely day and enjoy the sun shine:-)
tyro (26142) 2014-06-09 4:08
Just about to post a picture of this Opera House myself and I see your very clever "angle" on it here! Very well thought out and conceived composition with great use of the natural lines of the building and also including its most striking features - the twin domes either side of the entrance.
Very well taken during what was probbaly the only hour of sunshine with which we were blessed during our recent meeting in Derbyshire though we didn't let the rain dampen our spirits! Lovely light and colours, spot-on exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
CLODO (35352) 2014-06-09 4:37
Hello Bev (and Len)
So you were interested by the architecture and played well with the sun and shadows whereas I was looking for some street scene (that I got: see the WS!!!!).
my best regards
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-09 4:38
a similar shot to that posted by John today. Like this crop and the wonderful detail it shows us. Judging by the positioning of the clouds this was either moments before or after John.
Have a good week - B.
Sergiom (85977) 2014-06-09 5:09
J'aime beaucoup ces cadrages serrés sur des façades de bâtiments qui en valent la peine. Ici, la contre plongée donne beaucoup d'ampleur et utilise bien le ciel comme arrière plan.Le nuage blanc est juste au bon endroit.
mkamionka (39507) 2014-06-09 6:30
I am sorry to hear that the weather was not perfect.
I really wanted to attend the meeting again as I really enjoyed the previous one but my life got a bit complex at the moment and I cannot always do what I like.
This is a lovely composition with the attractive architectural details and the beautiful sky.
Very well spotted!
I am looking forward to see more photos from this meeting,
mjw364 (1466) 2014-06-09 6:43
It's usually me looking for architectural angles but you beat me to it here! I like the way the cloud surrounds the dome I think it makes it stand out more than if it was blue sky. A carefully composed shot - difficult to find on the day since not only was the good weather temporary but Buxton itself didn't offer up many subjects.
Anyroad cocker - it's roastin' here today - me bald patch is burnin'!
Nicou (148412) 2014-06-09 8:50
quelle recherche de point de captage et ce cadrage avec la barrière blanche et les duex coupoles qui s'enchaînent dans une sueprbe vue architecturale.
Bravo et belle soirée
Fis2 (103874) 2014-06-09 8:52
Interesting POV and composition.
I like delicate colors.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-09 12:15
Hello Bev - The presence of an Opera House in the wilds of Derbyshire speaks of the importance of Buxton being a spa town. Not only would those of the upper classes flock to take the waters but there would be a opportunity to enjoy some 'suitable' entertainment too.
A grand pair of domes show that the building was one of presence and importance. Funny how times change but at least the place has been given a new lease of life.
Attractively composed and benefiting from the break in the weather.
brianmcc (6219) 2014-06-09 14:47
i've just seen john's picture of the same building. you have gone in a bit closer. your framing with the angle of white railing meeting the stones on the roof is superb. the white metal bar literally underlines the lettering of the opera house. the blue sky and white clouds add further interest and contrast with the rigid stone and metal of the architecture.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-06-09 21:34
Bev, a very alluring and charming angle I'd say of the Opera House, very appropriate to enhance and highlight its historical and cultural existence!!
Noel_Byrne (33054) 2014-06-10 11:37
Nice capture of the details here on this fine building, and by your note a work of architecture by a man very esteemed in his area. The rounded towers make this feel quite like a palace, which I gues it kind of is, a palace to the performing arts. Nice to see it progress to being a theatre instead of some faceless store.
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-06-19 23:45
Excellent angular image of the Opera House.Excellent image quality with great clarity and sharpness. TFS.
Glint (6171) 2014-06-21 10:41
I have just critiqued John's photo taken of the opera house. Interesting how two people can see differently, or a least have a different take on the same place. This is more about taking a closer look at the building's decorative elements, stone, glass and iron. Nice quality of light that allows the stonework to shown off to its best advantage.
ps. et another TE meet I have missed, but I was in Spain.
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (41770)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-09 0:39